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Armed Robber Sentenced To More Than 28 Years In Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Orlando - Chief U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway yesterday sentenced William Washington (58, Orlando) to 28 years and one month in federal prison for using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, namely commercial robbery. Washington pleaded guilty to the offenses on July 25, 2012.

According to the plea agreement, on July 5, 2011, Washington used a firearm to rob the RBC Bank in Groveland, Florida. During the robbery, Washington pulled a silver gun from his waistband, placed it on the counter, and pointed it directly at a bank teller. He then demanded money from the teller.
Five days later, on July 10, 2011, Washington used a firearm to rob a Save Rite grocery store in Orlando. During the robbery of the store, Washington threatened to shoot a cashier.

“ATF’s ‘Frontline’ strategy is to deploy investigative and technical resources to ensure the safety of our communities,” said Special Agent in Charge Julie Torres. “We come together and work with our law enforcement partners to remove any individual that uses a firearm to commit robberies of commercial businesses or violent acts. This is our mission and commitment to the public and communities we serve to protect.”

"The Orlando Police Department is committed to keeping Orlando a safe city,” said Chief Paul Rooney. “William Washington not only committed armed robberies but tried to kill Orlando Police Officers by shooting at them during his arrest on July 11, 2011. This violent and dangerous criminal is now off the streets thanks to interagency cooperation and the commitment of OPD and ATF, as partners against those who threaten the safety of everyone. OPD will continue to work with ATF in the relentless pursuit of criminals who use guns."

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Groveland Police Department, the Orlando Police Department and the Lake County Sheriff's Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel W. Eckhart.

Updated January 26, 2015